Pittsburg State University is the victim of circumstances beyond their control.
Pittsburg State University is the victim of circumstances beyond their control. When Gov. Brownback proposed cutting the income tax, he was sure his plan would spur investment and jobs in the state. Unfortunately for PSU, his plan failed and the state is suffering from budget shortfalls which will impact the University. I believe President Steve Scott is sincere in his belief that the sales tax increase will benefit the university. But I made a promise to raise the sales tax for a few years to allow the state to get back on its feet after the fiscal downturn... I did not vote for a permanent inicrease in the sales tax and I will not vote for its extension. PSU’s president represents the University. I represent the people of my district. I’m sorry to see that the failed policies of this administration are negatively impacting the University, but the regular folks I represent can’t be expected to shoulder a higher sales and property tax to protect the Governor’s ultra-wealthy friends. I will not be voting for a tax increase again. This is an opportunity to restore the income tax to previous levels and address our rising property tax burden. The governor is free to travel to Pittsburg as often as he likes to spin his story, but until he lives in our community, and faces the difficult decisions about which bill to pay and who to put on hold for another month, he is welcome to keep his rhetoric and BS in Topeka.
Rep. Bob Grant